ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In response to the recent events in Japan, IZOD IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato has launched a direct support campaign entitled "With you Japan" to help the victims of the disasters.

"With you Japan" will engage in a number of fundraising events over the coming weeks and months, starting with a joint initiative involving all IZOD IndyCar Series drivers. At the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, drivers donated a pair of race gloves for auction. Gloves were chosen because they symbolize the hands of friendship between the USA and Japan.

Drivers posed for a group photo following the morning warm-up session, and a moment of silence was to be observed during the pre-race ceremonies.

Ultimately, this support mission will directly benefit children affected by the disaster.

Additionally at the St. Petersburg race, Sato will have a "With you Japan" logo on the sides of his No. 5 KV Racing Technology-Lotus race car and helmet, and has asked other drivers to do the same where possible.

"It is just so devastating and heartbreaking what has happened," Sato said. "Japan is suffering. People there are suffering so much. Children are going through a terrifying situation. I am personally supporting a few campaigns but since I am competing in the IndyCar series, I want to do something to support Japan from America. Now is the time that we need to walk and support hand in hand. This 'With you Japan' campaign is going to do several projects and hopefully make a difference."